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Ear Noises: What Are They Telling You?

Contributed by Dolores Madden

16/06/2021 00:00:00 • 2 min read

Tags • Research

If you ever hear strange noises inside your ear, you may wonder what is causing them and, more importantly, whether you can make them stop! There are many causes of unusual noises in the ear, and we believe that understanding why they happen can make them easier to live with.

If you notice any unexpected noises in your ears, or think you may be experiencing hearing loss of any kind, you should seek advice from your doctor or an expert audiologist as soon as possible. Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that a hearing test can be stressful, but we’re on hand to talk you through the process and make sure we find the best solutions for you.

What Is The Noise In My Ear?

  1. Buzzing. A buzzing or ringing sound in the ear is usually related to a buildup of ear wax, which can be itchy and cause hearing loss. The noise usually results from the wax touching the eardrum, creating pressure. This is a form of tinnitus, and it is easy to remedy with a simple and free earwax removal procedure. Contact us to find out when our free earwax removal clinics take place and to book your free appointment.
  2. Popping/cracking. If you have a cold, or allergies, or if you have large adenoids, you may experience Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This is characterized by popping or crackling noises in the ear, and these are a result of the inflamed Eustachian tubes, which become sticky. You may notice these noises when you blow your nose, or when you yawn or swallow, and you may be advised to use steroid nasal sprays to help if the problem persists.
  3. Deep, low sound. One of the tiny muscles in your ear, known as the tensor tympani muscle, reacts to sudden noises and lowers the volume of these, protecting your delicate inner ear from being damaged. It also lowers the sound of your own voice, and the noise made when you chew food, to reduce these noises that are in such close proximity to your auditory processing system. Some people can make this muscle move deliberately, and this creates a low, rumbling sound. You may also notice this sound when you yawn.
  4. Pounding. Pulsatile tinnitus is the name given to the pounding sound inside the ears that usually results from a change in blood flow. This may be caused by exercising or pregnancy, as well as an overactive thyroid, and it is usually a normal reaction that matches your heartbeat. However, if it is causing frustration, and it happens frequently, you should seek medical advice.

Book A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing

Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions is Hidden Hearing. We have a national network of over seventy-five branches and clinics, and our expert audiologists are friendly and committed to helping you to find the best hearing solution for you.

If you are concerned about your hearing, book a free hearing test with us and find out how we can help you. We have an excellent range of digital hearing aids available, including invisible hearing aids that are discreet and highly sensitive. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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